Looking Out My Window: Prophetic Pondering’s – Yahweh Shammah
On December 31, 2015, heading into the New Year of 2016, the Lord stirred in my heart and I declared at a New Year’s Eve Service; “Prepare ye the way, prepare ye the way. For in days past My people have been asking for a visitation but know that I am searching to the east, west, north and south looking for a place to set up and establish My habitation. For in days past”, says the Lord, “I have sent My Spirit as a source of visitation where I revealed My power and Presence. But know this day I am preparing to set up a place of habitation in the midst of My people”.
2016 was the Year of shifting from ‘Visitation to Habitation’.
Ezekiel 48:35 – “The Lord is There“
As the book of Ezekiel closes we discover a description of the Gates of the City. The final verse of Ezekiel declares; “And from that day the name of the city will be ‘The Lord is There‘” (Ezekiel 48:35). I’ve been pondering the word ‘there’ recently and the Lord has been stirring much. The English translation of the Hebrew word used in this passage is lacking as I believe this is connected with the 2016 Word of “Moving from Visitation to Habitation“.
This is much more here, than just there. In actuality, this verse describes God as Yahweh Shammah. Not only does Shammah mean there, but it also means here and the designated place of worship. This is the only place we discover the word Shammah used to describe God in the Bible.
In other words…Yahweh Shammah means the place where God’s Presence takes up residence and becomes His place of Habitation!
As I’ve been praying into this I sense the Lord saying, “I am looking to transform places of worship into places of habitation where My Presence will transform people and society”. God is saying we are moving from a “bethel experience – a worship experience – to a penuel experience – a face to face encounter with the Lord”. This face to face encounter with Yahweh Shammah is not only a game changer, it is a name changer. The one known as The Heel Grabber found his name changed from Jacob to Israel at his Penuel experience in Genesis 32. Simon the son of John became Peter at his Penuel experience with Jesus in John 1. Following his Damascus Road experience in Acts 13, Saul – the persecutor of Christians – became Paul the one who led many to Christ!
Yahweh Shammah Leads to Transformed People
The Lord is saying, “Now is the time for My Yahweh Shammah to take up residence transforming places of worship into habitation. As My Yahweh Shammah establishes places of habitation, I will also move into My people like never before. I will make My dwelling place in them as they experience face to face encounters with Me – name changing encounters – catapulting individuals into their purpose and destiny in Me like never before”.
Moving beyond Ezekiel, John tells us what this will look like in Revelation…
“Look, God’s home is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them” (Revelation 21:3).
As 2016 began I led a group of intercessors and prayer warriors on our prayer team to begin praying specifically into the word saying we were moving from Visitation to Habitation. In the fall of 2018 Matt Sorger was a guest speaker at a conference our church hosted. He declared from the platform – not knowing what we’d been praying for the past few years – that he sensed the Lord saying, “I am taking up habitation in this house”.
The Word for 2016 concluded with the Lord saying, “As My people make way for My habitation, My Spirit will then begin to spill out into the highways and byways where My Presence will be revealed to those who have fallen away from Me in days past. For many have been tossed to and fro and are now searching for a fresh touch and a fresh-wind from My Spirit to gently return them to their purpose and destiny in Me”.
These are truly exciting days we are living in.